Team GB Curling - Ones to watch at Sochi 2014
November 6, 2013 12:00 pm
The women’s curling team of Eve Muirhead, Vicki Adams, Claire Hamilton and Anna Sloan were the first athletes to be named on the British team for Sochi 2014 on August 28 2013.
The confirmation of David Murdoch, Tom Brewster, Scott Andrews, Michael Goodfellow and Greg Drummond as the men’s team for the Olympics – the second wave of athletes selected – followed just over a month later.
Every member selected is from Scotland but, unlike at the World Championships where they compete under the Saltire, at the Olympic Games they form part of Team GB.
Both rinks won medals at the 2013 World Championships – Muirhead skipping the women to gold and Murdoch the men to bronze for a sixth successive global medal for Scotland.
Only two of those selected have previous Olympic experience with Muirhead and Murdoch acting as skips at Vancouver 2010 and set to resume the mantle in Sochi.
For Muirhead Vancouver represented her Olympic debut at the age of just 19 while Murdoch will be making his third Games appearance in Sochi having made his bow at Turin 2006.
Muirhead boasts four world junior titles – Adams was part of the successful rink on three of those occasions while Sloan appeared in two – and skipped Britain to seventh at Vancouver 2010.
Sloan also has her own Games experience of sorts having skipped Team GB to gold at the 2009 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Poland, she also led Britain to the 2011 Winter Universiade title.
Meanwhile Murdoch, two-time world champion and three-time European champion as a senior, finished fourth on his Olympic debut in 2006, losing to USA in the bronze medal match before placing fifth in Vancouver.
That rink disbanded at the end of that Olympic cycle and Murdoch linked up with Brewster in 2012 – the pair having won the 1995 world junior title together with the latter as skip.